The government of Oyo State has said that schools will remain open, even as the federal government warned against such because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Students studying to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be given the opportunity to do so unless otherwise specified by the West African Examining Council.
Education Commissioner Olasunkanmi Olaleye in the state, while maintaining that schools should remain open, said that Education Minister Adamu Adamu ‘s order that schools in the country should not participate in this year’s WASSCE and should remain closed can only be implemented in Federal Government schools.
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The Education Commissioner also stated that schools in Oyo State have reopened and are in full compliance with the safety protocols required for reopening.
He also said the Oyo schools would remain re-opened until then pending an official announcement from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and Governor Seyi Makinde.
He said, “We have resumed in Oyo state and you must have seen the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols by our schools.If you go to our schools, you will see that our senior students are still learning and the preparation for WAEC is ongoing. The examination is part of educational development. So the state government will assess the situation especially because of the fact that WAEC is an integral part of educational development hence it cannot be ignored.
“WAEC is a regional examination that involves five countries so we are waiting for the reaction of WAEC. The state government will then assess the situation.”